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9/30/2014 Geovany Soto, C (Oak) Soto has left Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals with an apparent injury that he sustained in the second inning.

Analysis: Soto could be seen on television checking his left thumb in the dugout during the top of the third inning. Soto got the start for Oakland over Derek Norris, even though he had never caught Jon Lester, because he had been swinging a hot bat and is better at dealing with base runners.
9/30/2014 Matt Shoemaker, P (LAA) Shoemaker said he's feeling fine and may even pitch in Game 2 of the AL Division Series. He hasn't been in a game since Sept. 15 because of a mild oblique strain on his left side.

Analysis: Shoemaker threw during a bullpen session Tuesday and later seemed confident there would be no setbacks.
9/30/2014 Clay Buchholz, P (Bos) Buchholz has undergone minor knee surgery after an inconsistent season.

Analysis: The operation to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee took place Tuesday, two days after he started the team's final game. General manager Ben Cherington said Buchholz pitched with the injury throughout the season. Buchholz finished with an 8-11 record and 5.34 ERA despite pitching two complete-game, three-hit shutouts.
9/30/2014 Jon Lester, P (Oak) Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals.

Analysis: A's manager Bob Melvin opted for Soto at catcher over Derek Norris, who has worked well with Lester down the stretch. The reason was simple: Soto is better at managing runners, and the Royals led the majors with 153 stolen bases.
9/30/2014 Bryce Harper, LF (Was) Harper will be on the roster for the Major League Baseball all-star postseason tour of Japan.

Analysis: The trip includes a five-game series against Japan's national team from Nov. 12-18 that will be preceded and followed by exhibition games.
9/30/2014 Justin Morneau, 1B (Col) Houston's Jose Altuve and Colorado's Justin Morneau, the two league batting champions, will be on the roster for the Major League Baseball all-star postseason tour of Japan.

Analysis: Washington's Bryce Harper also was added Tuesday for the trip, which includes a five-game series against Japan's national team from Nov. 12-18 that will be preceded and followed by exhibition games.
9/30/2014 Jose Altuve, 2B (Hou) Altuve and Colorado's Justin Morneau, the two league batting champions, will be on the roster for the Major League Baseball all-star postseason tour of Japan.

Analysis: Washington's Bryce Harper also was added Tuesday for the trip, which includes a five-game series against Japan's national team from Nov. 12-18 that will be preceded and followed by exhibition games.
9/30/2014 Carlos Beltran, RF (NYY) Beltran has undergone elbow surgery to remove a bone spur and loose pieces that limited his throwing ability for most of the 2014 season.

Analysis: The team said Beltran can start throwing and hitting in about six weeks and can play baseball in approximately 12 weeks. The 37-yearold Beltran was limited to 32 outfield appearances this year because of the elbow. An eight-time All-Star, he signed a $45 million, three-year contract with New York during the offseason and hit a career-low .233 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs in 449 plate appearances.
9/29/2014 Corey Hart, RF (Sea) The Seattle Mariners have designated outfielder Corey Hart for assignment.

Analysis: Hart hit .203 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 68 games after signing an incentive-laden one-year deal in the hopes of restarting his career after missing the 2013 season following knee surgery.
9/29/2014 Jesus Montero, 1B (Sea) The Seattle Mariners have activated Jesus Montero off the suspended list.

Analysis: Montero was placed on the suspended list Sept. 1 after a heated confrontation with cross-checker Butch Baccala in the stands at a minor league game in Boise, Idaho. Montero was on a rehab assignment.
9/29/2014 Logan Morrison, 1B (Sea) Morrison was 2 for 4 and scored a pair of runs in Sunday's season-closing win over the Angels.

Analysis: Morrison closed his season locked in at the plate, hitting .396 over his final 16 games.
9/29/2014 Mike Trout, CF (LAA) Trout was 0 for 2 with a strikeout in Sunday's season-closing loss to the Mariners.

Analysis: The Angels hope Trout can rediscover his form for the postseason. He batted just .207 with 15 strikeouts over his final 10 games.
9/29/2014 Robinson Cano, 2B (Sea) Cano was 1 for 3 against the Angels on Sunday to wrap up his first season with the Mariners.

Analysis: Cano matched last season's .314 average with New York, though his .454 slugging percentage was his first below the .516 mark since slugging .410 in 2008.
9/29/2014 Felix Hernandez, P (Sea) Hernandez gave up one hit over 5 1-3 shutout innings of a 4-1 win over the Angels in his season finale Sunday.

Analysis: This marks yet another year without a postseason appearance for King Felix, who posted a career-low 2.14 ERA.
9/29/2014 Adrian Beltre, 3B (Tex) Beltre was 1 for 4 in a 4-0 loss to Oakland in Sunday's season finale.

Analysis: Beltre finished fourth in the AL batting race with a .324 average. It was the second-highest mark of his career, trailing only his .334 clip in his final season for the Dodgers in 2004.
9/29/2014 Sonny Gray, P (Oak) Gray recorded his 14th win in his final start of the season in Sunday's 4-0 victory at Texas, though it was just his second win in his last 12 outings.

Analysis: Gray closed his season by going 2-7 with a 3.83 ERA over his final 12 starts - still a respectable ERA, but a far cry from the 2.65 mark he had posted previously on the year.
9/29/2014 Yordano Ventura, P (KC) Ventura gave up four runs over just four innings in Kansas City's 6-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Analysis: Ventura's season ended on a somewhat sour note. He had been 7-2 with a 2.08 ERA over his previous 10 starts before Sunday.
9/29/2014 Billy Butler, DH (KC) Butler was 2 for 2 with his 32nd double in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Analysis: The Royals are in the AL's wild-card game despite Butler hitting a career-low .271 in 151 contests.
9/29/2014 Nori Aoki, RF (KC) Aoki was 2 for 3 against the White Sox on Sunday to close his regular season.

Analysis: Aoki hit .370 over his final nine games to raise his season average from .261 to .285.
9/29/2014 Alcides Escobar, SS (KC) Escobar was 2 for 3 in Sunday's season finale against the White Sox, finishing with a .285 batting average - the second-highest of his career over a full season.

Analysis: Escobar enters the postseason on a red-hot stretch, batting .412 over his last 12 contests.
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